During the winter months break-ins increase because it is dark early and also this time of year especially, there is new merchandise from holiday shopping to steal.
(PRWEB) December 05, 2011
HomeSecurityGuru.com surveyed security experts to find out what homeowners should be doing this holiday season to protect their property. The result was a comprehensive list focuses on avoiding social media behavior that can leave you more susceptible, how to safely decorate a home and staging your home if you're leaving for the holidays.
While most people see the holidays as an opportunity to enjoy more time with their family and friends, thieves see it as a time when there's more to steal. "During the winter months break-ins increase because it is dark early and also this time of year especially, there is new merchandise from holiday shopping to steal," said Ken Mara, President of World Wide Security in Garden City, N.Y.
Today, thieves have gone high tech using social sites to find their victims. Megan Nicole O'Neal, Marketing Communications Coordinator for SDA Security told HomeSecurityGuru.com that"one of the newest ways burglars are deciding who to target during the holidays is by simply going onto social media sites. Burglars have gone digital and homeowners should be cautious before posting statuses. These statuses are common ways people accidentally reveal their house will be unoccupied for several days or weeks at a time, essentially advertising their home as a sitting duck and making the job much easier for burglars looking for a quick target."
Another mistake that people make during the holiday season is not being careful enough to protect their identity and falling for phony charity scams. During the holidays "donations seem the right thing to do," added Alexis A. Moore, a consumer safety expert and former investigator. "Many collecting monies are not what they appear to be and this impacts millions of seniors every year who fall prey to the scams that are out there. The tough economic times make it even more difficult to know who is “friend” or “foe”. Many are eager to steal your id or worse. Better to be safe than sorry."
Holiday Season Personal Protection Tips from Alexis A. Moore
- Stick to reputable charities and do not get mixed up in emails, letters or scammers who knock at your door or come to you in person.
- password protect all accounts the new year is a great time to notify banks and change passwords online and offline to add that layer of protection that many forget about. It is free and easy to do and worth the trouble.
- Think of passwords that won’t be guessed by savvy predators. So no birthday, high school or maiden name be creative!
- Educate your children regarding online safety. Talk to your children young and old about their “sharing” and behavior online and off.
Holiday Home Staging Security Tips from SDA Security and Protection 1
- Invest in buying timers for a few lights in separate rooms throughout their home to keep the interior well lit and seemingly occupied from 6-12pm.
- Cancel your newspaper and arrange for a neighbor to collect mail and packages that arrive while the family plans to be away.
- Have a neighbor remove all snow from walkways and driveways while you’re away. If this is not possible, have a friend put tire tracks in your driveway to make it appear that someone is there;
- Make sure to keep big-ticket items, such as gifts, out of windows;
- Have a friend move your car occasionally if it is parked in the driveway;
- Take care when disposing of product packaging, so that you aren’t “advertising” recent, high-dollar purchases or gifts.
O'Neal advises, "It is all about making your home appear active; if burglars believe you are home they are often deterred by the increased chance of being caught and less likely to break in."
Holiday Home Security Measures Suggested by Ken Mara
- Use a home alarm system, include good lighting and motion lights around the perimeter of the home.
- Trim shrubs so a robber or activity in the home can be clearly visible from the street.
- Invest in really good dead bolts.
- now with the availability of affordable camera systems...get some!
"They [camera systems] can alert the homeowner who can then view what is going on from their smart phone, computer or iPad," explains Mara, "A break-in, in progress with a video verification gets a higher priority with local police departments, than just an alarm event."
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